Chris builds Chicken Coop from reclaimed materials -

If the US Green Building Council certified coops, this structure would be eligible for LEED Gold, as 99% of all building materials are reclaimed.

Design Concept -

During the demolition and rebuilding of our perimeter property line fence, I determined that some of the redwood fencing was in sufficient condition to be re-purposed.  For what purpose, I did not know at the time. The wood was stockpiled for over 2 years, and after chasing out the rats from below, I determined it was time to put it to use or to give it away. A chicken coup idea won the competition.

The Design Approach -

Keep it simple, make the structure flexible for other uses in the future, be resourceful, built it to last and most importantly, have fun in the process.  Through the use FOG (Found On Ground) materials, and by shopping at Habitat For Humanity's RESTORE I was able to construct a 6 ft. x 8 ft. coop that turned out to be 99% recycled content.  

The Process -

Step 1 - Use found brick and concrete blocks for foundation. 
Step 2 - Prepare the fence panels for re-use as walls for the coup: Cut rotted ends of fence board.

Salvaged fence panels wait patiently for re-purposing.  Panels shown with vertical fence boards left in-tack with horizontal rails thereby providing superior sheer value
Cut rotted top and bottom ends of vertical fence boards to reveal clean, termite-free redwood. 
( Some of the wood is from the late 1970's and I suspect that it could be old growth redwood )

Step 3 - Stand up (3) fence panels on brick foundations and secure with recycled fence screws.
Step 4 - Use reclaimed redwood from previous fence for roofing joists and door jamb and frame.  Most of the hardware, screws and nails are from RESTORE
Step 5 - Install old chrome faucet handle for door, from bathroom remodel from 1940's home.

The door is on left side.  The Door Knob was salvaged from 1940's home renovation in Los Angeles.... it's a HOT knob, ...Yes?

Step 6 - Treat with wood restoring product, rinse and paint with semi-transparent wood stain.
Step 7 - Fabricate roof.  Bill Mulder provided the heavy grade corrugated metal roof panels,
which were salvaged from a Cayucos, Ca. barn by Deputy Tom Smith. 

Tin-Snips used to cut proper length of corrugated metal roof, then used metal cut-off disk on circular saw to 'score' & bend ridge line of roof

Instal corrugated roof panels and staple poultry wire in place

Step 8 - Staple poultry wire and construct rousting box and 'cat-walk' ramp for future chicken to access the rousting zone.

Some local wild-life check out the new digs before the chicks are feathered out and moved in




2 day old chicks
  JJ (Jenny Jr.) 7 wks. old
'Chubby' and 'Cutie' 7 weeks old